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Toal leads NI to Centenary Shield

Thursday, 20 April 2017

ARMAGH City central defender Eoin Toal has helped the Northern Ireland U18 schoolboys to at least a share of the Centenary Shield after they defeated Wales in Cardiff last Thursday evening.

Vice-captain Toal took his place in the heart of the Northern Irish defence in what was their final game of the 2017 campaign.

Frankie Wilson's side ran out 3-0 winners in Cardiff, thanks to three goals in the second half against a stubborn Welsh side.

That left Northern Ireland on 9 points at the top of the table and their points tally can be matched by England, who play Wales in the final game of the competition.

If England get all three points against their Welsh counterparts they will share the Centenary Shield with Northern Ireland.

Nonetheless it is a fantastic achievement for Frankie Wilson's side who had to bounce back from an opening day defeat to the Republic of Ireland in Bangor on February 16.

St Patrick's Grammar pupil Toal had also been joined in the squad by Southern Regional College student Conor Larkin, who featured on a number of occasions for the side, but was unavailable for the game in Cardiff.

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